Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

What do I love about where I live? Good question. I’d drawn to it frequently. I feel better when I’m there even if the weather’s not good. It reminds me of my mis-spent youth at the Jersey Shore. The beaches here are not warm though… all that fog. We have a name for the stretch of land facing the sea between Pacifica and Santa Cruz County. It’s The Coastside. I love the beach, even when it’s just to stop and snap a few photos. When Krista Stevens challenged me to be a tour guide I first thought of driving south on Highway 1 from Pacifica, California. Try it, you’ll love it…

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Photo Challenge: Favorites

I’m looking forward to 2018. I get to go to a wedding… Congrats to my daughter and her fiancé!

Some of my 2017 favorite photos are here.

More from the WP crowd are here.

And my best to you for a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

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Sailing By(e)

Okay… so 2017 sailed by… The New Year is Near!

Here are some updates on economic trends in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond.

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Photo Challenge: Peek

A weekly photo challenge from Michelle Weber to show a peek of something. To pique our interest. How about someone in this instance?

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Up High

Made a new yearly high in SF Bay Area Employment in September. While we have a new high, it’s just a slight bump up from the prior peak set in October of 2016. While this is a favorable trend I keep hearing about people leaving San Francisco or the Bay Area for less expensive places to live or better work environments. To paraphrase one young person, “I got tired of stepping over people sleeping on the sidewalk on my way to work.” The shine has worn off San Francisco. Will the people working at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place take notice?

See September 2017 Employment Data Here

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Photo Challenge: Waiting

We have a two-week window for the most recent photo challenge so I, of course, took my time… I caught a surfer in the act: waiting for the next wave. This challenge – Share a snapshot that shows a sense of waiting – is a good idea from Cheri Lucas Rowlands. It brings back memories of, “hurry up and wait,” while I was in the Army more than a few decades ago.

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A ray of sunshine

It’s been a real San Francisco summer. That means fog and overcast… almost ten days in a row finally broken by a little warmth and sunlight in my little neighborhood.

The San Francisco Bay Area employment picture has also been foggy, as well, finally broken by a little uptick in July. We are still below the peak employment set in October of 2016. See the July 2017 employment stats here.

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